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Minimally Invasive Open Heart Surgery
Open intervention on the heart to correct congenital cardiac anomalies, repair replace heart valves, ascending aortic dissection repair, coronary bypass, heart transplant, surgical removal of heart tumors, ventricular assist devices, cox maze procedures to cure atrial fibrillation, repair of trauma to the heart. Repair of iatrogenic injuries to heart, heart-lung ...Read more
Age and severity: Coronary artery disease is now often treated with stents placed during a cardiac cath, instead of open heart surgery. What is unclear is whether stents last as long as bypass, or if they are as good for multiple vessle disease. Younger patients, mand patients with more severe multiple vessel disease may do better with an open heart bypass. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if i'm worried about an open heart surgery. Are there non invasive ways of performing such operations?
Depends: Some problems can be addressed in some patients without surgery. Sometimes one approach is likely to be safer or have better results. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more
Many: This is a very broad question and beyond the scope of this format . In general open heart is performed for repairing/replace valves, bypassing blockages, correcting congenital heart disease , and removing masses such as malignancies. This is not a complete list ofcourse but ... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recovery period: After open heart surgery, depending on the type and the pre-surgery condition of the patient, one can expect a variable period of recovery. She can expect one week in the hospital, and then an extended period of gradual recovery to her previous activities. This may require admission to an extended care facility if she has limited assistance at home. The recovery is variable among patients. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Well, it is technically more difficult for a heart surgeon if the patient has had previous surgery, but it still should be safe and, of course, if the surgery is indicated, that is not a reason not to do it. In deciding about whether to operate on a patient, we compare the risk with the potential benefit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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